The Unspeakable

Editorial reviews

The Unspeakable

Daum — a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of three previous books, including 2001’s “My Misspent Youth” — is gifted at mining her personal experiences in candid, provocative essays.

When Ms. Daum is locked in like this, balancing self-analysis with observation of the outside world, she’s among the best personal essayists of a searching, cynical generation that’s lucky to have her.

"My goal in life is to be content," she writes, adding that "the key to contentment is to live life to the fullest within the confines of your comfort zone." The Unspeakable, at the very least, fits with such a worldview: it satisfies and absorbs you, but rarely does it push any boundaries.

Kirkus Reviews : The Unspeakable (November 18, 2014)

An honest and humorously edgy collection.

Comforting "redemption stories" about adversity's silver lining are exactly the sort of platitudinal sentimentality that Daum has set out to counter in this deliberately provocative book.